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Christmas show at PHS



A Magical Christmas Eve on Candy Cane Lane this Friday and Saturday.

[Three shows - Friday, December 12th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 13th at 2:30 or 7 p.m. 

Tickets are available at the door for $12 or advanced tickets may be purchased for $10 at FX Hair Design & Color Studio, 1052 East Church St. or call 706-253-5188.]


The story of Christmas family traditions will be told through song and dance this Friday and Saturday at the PHS Performing Arts Center as North Georgia Acting Company puts on an absolutely beautiful show for our holiday entertainment.

There’s nothing like a Christmas musical to get us ready for the holidays so grab your kids and  grandkids, friends and neighbors and make plans to see A Magical Christmas Eve on Candy Cane Lane Friday and Saturday. The show is guaranteed to uplift your heart and boost your holiday spirit. 

Ga. inmate executed

Updated story -- 

The lawfully ordered execution of Robert Wayne Holsey for the 1995 murder of a Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff was carried out this evening at 10:51 pm at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center in Jackson, Ga. The sentence was carried out after the United States Supreme Court denied Holsey’s request for a stay of execution at approximately 9:59 pm.


Atlanta, December 9, 2014 – In a 5-to-2 ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia has denied a stay of execution for Robert Wayne Holsey, who is scheduled to be put to death tonight by lethal injection at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson, GA.

   Holsey, 49, was convicted in 1997 of shooting and killing Baldwin County Deputy Sheriff Will Robinson in December 1995, shortly after Holsey held up a convenience store in Milledgeville.


Still shots/video released from deputy's vehicle

Updated -- Video released on accident


The dashboard camera footage shows the green light and speed which is beside the P at the top. It shows the officer had slowed prior to the light but was speeding up after going through the intersection.

            Captain Frank Reynolds noted the car beside the deputy may have partially obscured the pedestrian from the deputy.

            Reynolds said the footage shows it was just an accident, with the pedestrian crossing out of any crosswalk on the dark road.

            Reynolds confirmed that the deputy was off duty and driving home at the time of the accident.




The Pickens sheriff’s department released some still shots this afternoon from the dashboard camera of a deputy’s car that hit a pedestrian in Ellijay December 2. (see original story)

Vernie Jones Ford sells to Shottenkirk Auto Group

vernie jones sell


Pictured from left are General Manager Jamie Mundth, Owner Greg Shottenkirk with Jim Jones Sr. and Jim Jones Jr.

    Shottenkirk Auto Group, an Iowa based multi-franchised company, purchased Vernie Jones Ford Co. Inc. and will rename the Ford franchise Shottenkirk Ford.

Vernie Jones Ford was founded by Vernie Jones in 1969 and officially became a franchised Ford dealer in March of 1970. Jim Jones Sr. took over as Dealer Principal and General Manager in 1985 accompanied by his sister, Mary Bryant, as Office Manager. He was later joined by his son, Jim Jones, Jr., as New and Used Car Sales Manager. 

Jim Sr. would like to thank the community and their loyal customers throughout the years and hope they will continue to support Shottenkirk Ford and the familiar faces at the Jasper location.



Pickens deputy hits pedestrian running across Hwy. 515

Press Release from Pickens Sheriff's office





On December 2, 2014 at approximately 7:00 pm, a Pickens County deputy sheriff was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a pedestrian in Gilmer County.


The incident occurred on Highway 515 and Maddox Drive in East Ellijay.  The deputy was traveling northbound in his assigned patrol car when a pedestrian attempted to run across the roadway in front of oncoming traffic.


A preliminary review of the patrol car’s onboard video indicates the deputy was traveling under the posted speed limit and had the right of way at the time of the accident.


The pedestrian was airlifted to Kennestone Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.  The deputy was not injured.


The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident.